Name: ELIZABETH "Bethena" CARTER
Birth: 1825 in Wild Cat Valley, Yokum Station, Lee, Virginia, USA 1
Burial: Bell Cemetery, Old Adams Farm, Pattonsville, Scott Co., VA; unmarked
Reference Number: 1998
Fact 1870 Powell District, Scott Co, VA census: age 45
Death: BET 13 JUL 1886 AND 13 SEP 1888 in Pattonsville, Powell District, Scott County, Virginia 2
Name: Elizabeth Bethena CARTY
Name: Elizabeth Bethena MCCARTY
Birth: 1817 in Wild Cat Valley, Yokum Station, Lee, Virginia, USA 3
Fact 1845 Daughter, Nancy J. Castle, was born in Scott Co., VA.
Event: Son, Zachariah Taylor Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Event: Enumerated at Western Dist., Scott Co., VA.
Fact 19 SEP 1850 4
Fact 1851 Son, Gordon Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 25 NOV 1851 Son, Thomas Alfred Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 1853 Daughter, Martha Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 1853 Daughter, Martha, died at age 3 from croup.
Fact 08 NOV 1856 Daughter, Martha Castle, died of chronic croup at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 1858 Daughter, Louisa E. Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 1860 Spinster
Fact 1860 Worked as a spinster.
Fact 25 SEP 1860 Enumerated at Estillville, Scott Co., VA; at residence of Tomason Dulaney. 5
Fact 15 MAR 1861 Daughter, Mary Jane Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 1866 Son, James Castle, born at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 18 SEP 1870 Enum. at Pattonsville, Powell Twp., Scott County, Virginia.
Event: Youngest child, Samuel, was born in Scott Co., VA.
Fact 17 APR 1873
Fact 08 NOV 1873 Son, Gordon Castle, married Christian Wall at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 18 JUL 1886 Son, Thomas Alfred Castle, married Louisa Russell at Scott Co., VA.
Fact 13 SEP 1888 Husband, William, listed as a widower at the time their daughter Nancy married Nimrod Adams in Scott Co., VA.
Fact 15 OCT 1927 Thomas Alfred Castle's death certificate names Eliza Carter & Wm. Castle as his parents 6
According to Ruby Sage, the McCarty family from Barbersville, KY: The story goes that two men named Zebb & Zed came over to Lee County, VA on two horses and went to her Uncle Sam Castle's house. Sam Castle is the brother of Thomas Alfred Castle. He told Sam that all this land in Barbersville, KY & needed an administrator over it. Ezra Rhoton says nothing was ever said about it until several Castles went to Barbersville, Ky to find out about in the 1950's. Nothing was determined. They mystery continues.
Some say Elizabeth was a Carter; others say she was a McCarty. The Death Certificate for her son, THOMAS ALFRED CASTLE, stated his mother was a Carter.
19 September 1850 WILLIAM CASTLE was enumerated at Household #1285 in the Western District of Scott County, Virginia. WILLIAM was age 25, white, male, born in Virginia, and working as a farmer. Living with him were his wife, ELIZABETH CASTLE, age 25, female, white, born in Virginia; his three-year-old daughter, NANCY CASTLE, born in Virginia; and his one-year-old ZACHARY T. CASTLE, born in Virginia. [Note that at Household #1289 can be found MARY CARTER, age 57, apparently a widow).
On 20 October 1854 ELIZABETH CASSELL, ET AL sold land to BENJAMIN D. MARTIN ET AL, recorded in Lee County, VA Deed Book 13, p 364.
1860 ELIZABETH CASTLE was found with her husband and children in the household #1639 of TOMASON DULANEY at Estillville, Scott Co., VA as follows:
TOMASON DULANEY, white female, spinster, age 65, born 1795 in Virginia was enumerated as head of household at Estillville, Scott County, Virginia in Household # 1639/1629; she had $1420 in personal property. She appears to have been living in a community that employed a considerable number of spinsters.
Living with TOMASON DULANEY her were the following people:
DRUCILLA EDWARDS: white female, spinster, age 55, born 1805, VA,
ELCANA D. HAROLD: white male, farmer, age 30, born 1830 in Tennessee
MARGARET HAROLD: white female, spinster, age 35, born 1825, TN
JESSE B. HAROLD: white male, age 9, born 1851, TN
WILLIAM CASTLE: white male, tanner, age 37, born 1823, TN, $40 PP
ELIZABETH CASTLE; white female, spinster, age 44, born 1816, TN
NANCY CASTLE: white female, age 13, born 1847, TN
ZACHARIAH CASTLE: white male, age 11, born 1849, VA
GORDON CASTLE: white male, age 9, born 1851, VA
THOMAS CASTLE: white male, age 5, born 1855, VA
LOUISA E. CASTLE: white female, age 2, born 1858, VA
Household #1633/1633 was DUTTON RHOTON with 1 spinster in his household, ABBY RHOTON. Household #1634 had ABSALON RHOTON who had 3 spinsters in his household: EVALINE, MINERVA, & SARAH RHOTON. Household #1635 had WILLIAM LANE with 2 spinsters, MALINDA & REBECCA LANE. Household #1636 had 2 spinsters, ANN & RUTIA RHOTON. Household 1637, JEREMIAH COLLINS, had 1 spinster in his household, ROSANNAH COLLINS.
Household #1638 LEWIS B. DULANEY, had 1 spinster, SARAH DULANEY. At household # 1640/1630 was ANN & RUSIA RHOTON, both spinsters. Next to them was CATHERINE & TEANY SHUPE, both spinsters in the household of FOREASON SHUPE. At #1642/1631 was JOSEPH ROGERS who had 2 spinsters in his household, MARIAH & SARAH ROGERS. At #1643/1632 was JOHN HOOD who had 2 spinsters in his household, COMFORT & POLLY HOOD. At #1644/1644 was MARTIN VENABLE with one spinster in his household, MARY VENABLE.
[Note that in 1860 MARY CARTER on 27 September 1860 at Estillville, Scott Co., VA in the household #1679, of ALLEN T. CARTER, age 26, born 1834 VA. MARY CARTER was working as a spinster, age 65, born 1795, VA; others in the household were SUSAN CARTER, age 27, and 3 children: BURDINE, LIOTHA, 7 MARY A. CARTER.]
There is a family story that ELIZABETH CASTLE's surname is MCCARTY and that she was heiress to a family fortune in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky.
Barbourville is conveniently located in the historic Cumberland Gap area of southeastern Kentucky 18 miles from Interstate 75 (I-75) on Highway 25E - Only 25 miles from Cumberland Gap. Barbourville is located 102 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky; 103 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee; and 174 miles southeast of Louisville, Kentucky. Barbourville is the site of many historic locations important to the history of Kentucky. Just a few miles out of town, the first house built in the state by European explorers was erected in 1750 by the Dr. Thomas Walker party. The first Civil War battle in Kentucky was fought in Barbourville in September 1861, when the Confederacy destroyed a Federal recruiting station at the present site of Union College, the oldest college in the mountains (founded 1879). Barbourville, the county seat of Knox in southeastern Kentucky, is located in the center of the county on the banks of the Cumberland River and bordered by Richland Creek. Positioned 33 miles north of Cumberland Gap and 15 miles southeast of Corbin, Kentucky, the city is the point where US 25E and KY 11 intersect. Known by early travelers as the town on the big bend of the Cumberland River, Barbourville is surrounded by hills on all sides, a natural fortress protecting the area from most severe storms. After years of suffering from disastrous floods, the city is now protected by a massive floodwall, which shields it from annual tides.In 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker selected a site about six miles southeast of the present location of Barbourville to build the first European settler's house in Kentucky, a requirement by the state of Virginia for staking a claim to the territory. Because Dr. Walker's journal is the first written eye-witness description of the state, it might be argued that documented Kentucky history begins in Knox and her neighboring counties. Barbourville was created as the county seat of Knox in 1800. The town's basic street design follows rather closely the initial layout planned in 1801. Due to an unusual continuity of generations of families who have lived in the region, Barbourville has always enjoyed the advantage of having in its midst elders willing and eager to tell the story of their frontier history and the area's heroic beginnings. This wide appreciation of pioneer Kentucky manifests itself annually in autumn as Barbourville's Daniel Boone Festival. During the nineteenth century, Barbourville was the largest and most progressive city south of Richmond, Kentucky, and it was a major stop for settlers and travelers who crossed the Cumberland Gap on an expedition up the Wilderness Road. In the late 1830s and throughout the 1840s the town exercised considerable influence on early state government. In the opening months of the Civil War, Barbourville was the site of the first armed skirmish between Rebel and Union forces in the state of Kentucky and recorded the state's first deaths in battle on either side. At different points in the war, the town was occupied by both military forces, becoming temporary headquarters for Confederate General Kirby Smith in 1862 and hosting Union General U.S. Grant when he was evaluating the Wilderness Road as an invasion route in 1864.
Written by Charles Reed Mitchell
-Knox Historical Museum
Father: CARTER or MCCARTY
WILLIAM ALFRED CASTLE b: BET 1810 AND 1820 in Lebanon P. O., Russell County, Virginia
in Wild Cat Valley, Yokum Station, Lee, Virginia, USA 7
- Nancy J. CASTLE b: 1847 in Pattonsville, Scott County, Virginia
- Zachariah Taylor CASTLE b: 1849 in Pattonsville, Powell Twp., Scott County, Virginia
- Gordon CASTLE b: 1851 in Estillville, Scott County, Virginia
- Martha Rebecca CASTLE b: 1853 in Pattonsville, Scott County, Virginia
- THOMAS ALFRED CASTLE b: 25 NOV 1855 in Pattonsville, Scott, Virgnia, USA
- Louisa Elizabeth "Ebb" CASTLE b: 1858 in Pattonsville, Powell Twp., Scott County, Virginia
- Mary Jane CASTLE b: 15 MAR 1861 in Pattonsville, Powell Twp., Scott County, Virginia
- James M. CASTLE b: 1866 in Pattonsville, Powell Twp., Scott County, Virginia
- Samuel F. CASTLE b: 17 APR 1873 in Pattonsville, Powell Dist., Scott County, Virginia
- Title: Scott Co., VA Census 1850
Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno, CA;
Source Medium: Census
Page: Western District
Text: age 25
- Details: Marriage Record for daughter, Louisa E. Castle to Nunriod Adams, 13 Sept 1888, Scott Co, VA Marriage Book 2:88:2
- Title: 1860 US Census Records, Scott Co., VA
Text: Estilville District; Elizabeth Castle, age 44
- Title: 1850 Scott Co., VA, Western District, US Census Records
Text: As Elizabeth Castle, age 25
- Title: 1860 Estillville, Scott Co., VA Census Records
- Title: Death Certificate
Source Medium: Official Document
Text: Death Certificate of Thomas Alfred Castle
- Title: Death Certificate
Source Medium: Official Document
Page: Thomas Alfred Castle, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1927